Libby Davies’ surprise announcement that she’s not running in this year’s federal election has made Vancouver East one of the most compelling political stories in the country.
For the New Democratic Party, their deputy leader’s intended departure has prompted a frantic battle for the nomination in one of the safest NDP seats in the country, featuring prominent provincial MLAs Jenny Kwan and Mable Elmore.
For the Liberals, the hope that they can take the riding for just the third time since the 1930s has highlighted a potential messy internal spat with aspiring candidate Jodie Emery, the wife of controversial marijuana legalization activist Marc “Prince of Pot” Emery.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives can only salivate at the lose-lose proposition facing the Liberals.
If Liberal party officials block Emery’s candidacy, it raises questions about the leader’s commitment to an open nomination process, starting with those from the Emerys, who are already publicly talking about senior Liberals conspiring against them.
If the Liberals let her run and perhaps take the nomination, it links a party aspiring to govern to two outspoken and controversial media magnets.
– Read the entire article at the Vancouver Sun.